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Gene. 1995 Feb 27;154(1):93-8.

Transcriptional regulation in the Chlamydia trachomatis pCT plasmid.

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Immunobiological Research Institute Siena (I.R.I.S.), Italy.


We have analyzed transcriptional regulation of the chlamydial plasmid pCT. Transcription of a full-length 2.9-kb ORF1-ORF2 mRNA is likely to be regulated by the sigma 66 transcription factor which recognizes the TATAAT and TNGNCA sequences at the -10 and -35 DNA regions, respectively. RNA synthesis starts 39 nucleotides (nt) upstream from the ATG start codon of ORF1 and terminates within the downstream ORF3 DNA region. A 2.8-kb transcript transverses the ORF3-6 DNA region, while two transcripts of 2.2 and 1.9 kb cover the ORF4-6 DNA region. These mRNAs overlap two abundant transcripts which regulate the expression of the ORF3 and ORF4 genes. The accumulation of transcripts associated with these ORFs is likely to be regulated at the level of RNA synthesis by an unknown sigma factor which could select the RTTTAAA and TTYTTR sequences located at the -10 and -35 DNA regions, respectively. This new promoter consensus sequence could be unique to the gene expression machinery of Chlamydiae.

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